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Faculty and Staff Profile

Cedomir Stanojevic

Assistant Professor

Office: Sirine Hall 109

Phone: 8646560835


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Educational Background

Ph.D. Leisure Behavior
Indiana University, Bloomington 2022

M.S. Coach in Sports
University “UNION – Nikola Tesla” Faculty for Sport 2017

B.S. Physical Education and Sport
University “UNION – Nikola Tesla” Faculty for Sport 2016

Courses Taught

PRTM-4220 – Management of RT Services

SPH-Y277 – Foundations of Recreational Therapy

SPH-Y378 – Recreational Therapy Assessment and Planning - lab

SPH-Y379 – Recreational Therapy Facilitation Techniques and Evaluation - lab

SPH-Y560 – Professional Development of Therapeutic Recreation - (took over course on November 17th due to faculty medical leave)


Dr. Stanojevic is an interdisciplinary researcher who believes that the modern practice of scientific research and translation of findings is a collaborative endeavor. His research training and expertise have been shaped by ten years of clinical experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and are grounded within a person-centered and strengths-based approach. Dr. Stanojevic is committed to research and the development of evidence-based practices that can contribute to positive health outcomes for individuals with disabilities.

Research Interests

My current research focus is centered on the population diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and on the interventions that relate to leisure and improved quality of life for these individuals. Furthermore, my line of research focuses on identifying reasons for stressful experiences as well as characterizing the interventions that can help these individuals to cope with the accumulated stress. In addition, I use research in recreational therapy (RT) as a public health initiative to better understand how different interventions can address congenital and acquired health conditions, improve health outcomes, as well as increase the visibility of individuals with disabilities. To achieve this, I am utilizing both qualitative and quantitative research methods, while employing the ecological momentary assessment (EMA) philosophy. The EMA approach enables rigorous examination of the researched phenomenon in real-time, as well as helps with observing researched population holistically. Acknowledging environmental factors that influence health outcomes of individuals with disabilities is one of the most important aspects of my research and is being aligned with the postulates of WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF).

Research Publications

Bennett, C., Stanojevic, C., Kim, S., Sabanovic, S., Lee, J., Piatt, J., Yu, J., Oh, J. (2022). Comparison of In-home Robotic Companion Pet Use in South Korea and the United States: A Case Study. Publication in the Proceedings of the 9th IEEE RAS/EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics (BioRob 2022)

Piatt, J. A., Stanojevic, C., Stanojevic, I. S., Fischer, A. R., & Kim, J. (2022). Attitudes Toward Sexual Wellness for Individuals with Disabilities: Recreational Therapists', Practitioners', and Students' Perspectives. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 56(2), 143-157.

Piatt, J., Simic Stanojevic, I., Stanojevic, C., Zahl, M., Richmond, M., Herbenick, D. (2022). Sexual Health and Women Living with Spinal Cord Injury: The Unheard Voice. Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences 3:853647. doi: 10.3389/fresc.2022.853647

Stanojevic, C., McIntire, J., Bowen, A., Eldridge, L., Dawson, S., McCormick, B., Tamas, D. (2022). Establishing an Evidence-Based Program through an International Collaboration in Recreational Therapy. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 56(1), 1-16.

Dawson, S, McCormick, B., Tamas, D., Stanojevic, C., McIntire, J., Bowen, A., Eldridge, L., McKissock, B. (2022). Equine Assisted Therapy with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Serbia and the US: A Pilot Study Intervention. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 56(1),17-38.

McKissock, B., Bowen, A., Dawson, S, McCormick, B., Stanojevic, C., Eldridge, L., McIntire, J., Tamas, D. (2022). Development of an evidence-based manualized equine-assisted therapy intervention for adolescents & young adults with autism spectrum disorder. Therapeutic Recreation Journal, 56(1), 39-54.

Stanojevic, C., Bennet, C., Piatt, J., Sabanovic, S. (2022). Utilizing Ecological Momentary Assessment Longitudinal Approach and Transtheoretical Model of Behavior Change for In-Home Socially-Assistive Robots. Human Robot Interactions, IEEE, ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human Robot Interaction.

Bennet, C., Stanojevic, C., Sabanovic, S., Piatt, A., Kim, S. (2021). When No One is Watching: Ecological Momentary Assessment to Understand Situated Social Robot Use in Healthcare. In Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Human-Agent Interaction (p. 245-251).

Eldridge, L., Nagata, S., Piatt, J., Stanojevic, C., Šabanovi?, S., Bennet, C., Randall, N. (2021). Utilization of Socially Assistive Robots in Recreational Therapy. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 19(2), 35-45.

Stanojevic, C., Neimeyer, T., Piatt, J. (2021). Sexual health of individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and complexities of sexual health. Sexuality and Disability, 39(2), 345-356.

Taylor, J., Piatt. J., Stanojevic, C., Crandall, J. (2020). Bingocize beyond the numbers: Motivations and perceptions of a multicomponent health promotion program for older adults living in long-term care. American Journal of Recreation Therapy, 19(1), 23-34.

Stanojevic, C., Tamas, D., Krejic, S., Djuric, J., Stanojevic, B. & Miladinovic, M. (2017). Use of the assistive technology while working with young people with multiple disabilities. Education, electronic communication and new technologies. Thematic collection of papers of the international significance, Drustvo Defektologa Vojvodine - Novi Sad, Serbia.

Honors and Awards

2022 - Outstanding Doctor of Philosophy in Leisure Behavior – School of Public Health, Indiana University

2021 - Deppe Fellowship – School of Public Health, Indiana University

2020 - National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification Scholarship

2020 - Lebert H. Weir Doctoral Student Award – School of Public Health, Indiana University

2019, 2020 - Garret G. Eppley Outstanding Accomplishment Scholarship – School of Public Health, Indiana University

2018-2022 - Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies Assistantship – School of Public Health, Indiana University

2019, 2022 - Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies Small Travel Grant Fellowship – School of Public Health, Indiana University

2018 - Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies Fellowship – School of Public Health, Indiana University


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